Board of Governors

A Board of Governors presides over all business of the Foundation and sets the strategic direction for the ARVO Foundation. This governing body has the final responsibility and authority of all actions and policies, recommended or adopted by standing and special committees and representatives to professional and governmental organizations, agents and employees.


J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO
Section: Lens
University of Colorado
 J. Mark Petrash photo
 Vice Chair
Cheryl Mae Craft, PhD, FARVO
Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
USC Eye Institute/Keck School of Medicine of USC
Cheryl Mae Craft photo
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD, FARVO
Section: Retina
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Paul Sternberg photo



Carlos Belmonte, MD, FARVO
Section: Cornea
University Miguel Hernandez CSIC
Carlos Belmonte photo
Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD, FARVO
Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Emory University School of Medicine
Jeffrey H. Boatright photo
Eric C. Carlson, PhD
Section: Immunology/Microbiology
Eric C. Carlson photo
Steve Charles, MD, FACS, FICS
Section: Retina
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Steve Charles

Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO
Section: Retina
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joan W. Miller photo
Stella M. Robertson, PhD
Section: Immunology/Microbiology
Stella M. Robertson photo
Mark H. B. Radford, MD, PhD
Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Queensland Eye Institute
 Mark Radford
Joyce Tombran-Tink, PhD, FARVO
Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Penn State College of Medicine
Joyce Tombran-Tink photo

Ex Officio to the Governors

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO
Executive Vice President of ARVO
Section: Immunology/Microbiology
Flinders University
Gary W. Abrams, MD, FARVO
Governor Emeritus - Past Chair
Section: Retina
Wayne State University, Kresge Eye Institute
Gary W. Abrams photo
Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, FARVO
Governor Emeritus - Past Chair 
Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology 
LSU Health Sciences Center
Nicolas G. Bazan photo
John E. Dowling, PhD, FARVO
Governor Emeritus - Past Chair
Section: Visual Neuroscience
Harvard University
John E. Dowling photo
Iris M. Rush, CAE
Executive Director
ARVO and ARVO Foundation
Iris Rush photo